Now Libyan government, collapsing amid Islamist attacks, calling for international intervention

posted at 10:41 am on July 15, 2014 by Noah Rothman

On October, 2011, amid a lethargic economic recovery, President Barack Obama – a man who prided himself on ending wars, not starting them – touted his foreign policy successes. Beyond the successful raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, Obama noted that he had successfully solved two thorny international puzzles; ending the war in Iraq and successfully prosecuting a brief campaign to stem the violence in Libya.

In a speech in the White House, the president made the case for his own competency within an announcement regarding the beginning of the full withdrawal of American troops from the Mesopotamian theater.

“In Libya, the death of Muammar Gaddafi showed that our role in protecting the Libyan people, and helping them break free from a tyrant, was the right thing to do,” the president said. “In Iraq, we’ve succeeded in our strategy to end the war.”

Those concerned about the vacuum the president was leaving in Iraq were ignored, and the chaos in that country has now vindicated Obama’s critics. The dream of Islamists going back generations, the founding of a pan-Islamic caliphate, has been achieved in the Sunni regions of Syria and Iraq. Terrorist actors now operate with impunity in that caliphate’s interior. The Islamic State’s fighters are brazenly engaged in the pursuit of unconventional weapons while intelligence officials believe they continue to plan sophisticated attacks on Western targets.

But what about Libya where the president, without seeking Congressional approval, committed to military action with the aim of containing that country’s rapidly escalating civil war? The mission was a relative success and, in short order, rebel factions took Tripoli and executed Gaddafi – one of the United States’ preferred, though neither stated nor pursued, mission objectives.

Today, that country is a disaster. The bleak future in store for Libya was glimpsed on the night of September 11, 2012 when four Americans were killed in a coordinated attack on American diplomatic and intelligence assets in Benghazi. Those attackers lived free in a virtually lawless state for the next several years.

Though it escaped front page treatment in the West, the Libyan civil war gradually entered its second stage – a stage more closely resembling the situation in Iraq where a fragile and unpopular pro-Western government is failing to provide for its own defense in the face of an Islamist insurgency.

Like Iraq, Libya’s Islamist insurgents are highly capable. On Monday, militants battled for control of the capital’s airport. The government claims that 90 percent of the aircraft on the ground and several structures, including the customs house, were damaged in the fighting.

Today, the Associated Press reported, Libya’s interim governing authorities – authorities which have been unable to organize a legitimate election in the more than three years since Gaddafi was deposed — are sounding the alarm bells.

“Libya’s interim government says it is considering requesting the international community to send troops to the country after three days of fighting destroyed large parts of the capital’s airport,” the report reads.

The question then becomes: who will take Libya’s call? What international body is today prepared to commit forces to stabilize Libya when the more strategically significant conflicts in Syria and Iraq have been ignored and allowed to metastasize? Libya is alone, and that country may soon more closely resemble a member of the caliphate that is strengthening in the Fertile Crescent.

Obama deserves to be criticized for prematurely declaring victory in these two theaters in the fall of 2011. He won political victories which served a short-term political purpose, but his administration failed to pursue a far-sighted strategy which would have prevented these states from collapsing.

When historians look back on this period through the précising lens of posterity, they will marvel over how rapidly the international landscape changed for the worse. To them, the legacy of peacemaking the president once coveted will appear quite irrational.


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Aw, 0b00ba gives birth again.

Akzed on July 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM

What diff does it make?

Smegley on July 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

“You can’t deny that chile!”

Akzed on July 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

So the second flowering from Obama’s illegal African Wars withers and dies too.

Does Libya have a strong military like Egypt that can put a muslim-suppressing Junta in charge?

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I’d say 0 handled this Flawlessly.

Bmore on July 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

But we got those terrorists on the run!

Obama said so.

Good Lt on July 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Oh, me here we go again., another Caliphate in the making?

SC.Charlie on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Wait your turn Libya.

And to think this could have been avoided if we didn’t listen to John McCain. Again.

coolrepublica on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

“In Libya, the death of Muammar Gaddafi showed that our role in protecting the Libyan people, and helping them break free from a tyrant, was the right thing to do,” the president said. “In Iraq, we’ve succeeded in our strategy to end the war.”

A head of state of a sovereign nation killed by a mob – the right thing to do.

MQ’s problem was his plan to go off the dollar for oil sales and move Africa to a gold dinar. He wrote his own death warrant.

Akzed on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I’d say 0 handled this Flawlessly.

Bmore on July 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Idn’t he great…………….

VegasRick on July 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Wait your turn Libya.

And to think this could have been avoided if we didn’t listen to John McCain. Again.

coolrepublica on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

You’re not going to blame Bushitler for this?

VegasRick on July 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM

“Leading from behind…”

Drained Brain on July 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Can we get Khadaffy back?

“Leading from out of his behind…”

Drained Brain on July 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

FIFY

formwiz on July 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Wait your turn Libya.

And to think this could have been avoided if we didn’t listen to John McCain. Again.

coolrepublica on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Obama sent in resources to aid in taking out Kaddafi. He did so without Congress, including Juan McCain. Although McCain has never seen a proposed invasion he didn’t support.

This was one of the first blatantly impeachable acts by Dictator Hussein (though we’d find out about the IRS and NSA later).

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

“Leading from behind…”

Drained Brain on July 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Translation, “talking out of his ass”.

Tater Salad on July 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Oh, me here we go again., another Caliphate in the making?

SC.Charlie on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Around 1000 AD or so the muzzies had not one, not two, but three “caliphates” claiming to run all islam. The Umayyids in Spain and western North Africa, the Fatimids in Egypt, and the Abassids in what would now be Iraq.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Obama blew up the Middle East.

/Whadda guy.

Key West Reader on July 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

“In Libya, the death of Muammar Gaddafi showed that our role in protecting the Libyan people, and helping them break free from a tyrant, was the right thing to do,” the president said.

 
I remember that guy. He was the one that gave up his WMD/nuclear programs and allowed full access after we invaded Iraq, wasn’t he?
 

Libya has said it will give up its programmes for developing weapons of mass destruction and allow unconditional inspections.
 
President Muammar Gaddafi said that, after months of negotiations with the West, his country was ready to play its role in building a world free from all forms of terrorism,
 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/3335965.stm

 
But yeah, I guess Syria and Russia were out for a quick and easy pre-election foreign policy “win” since they could both probably fight back, couldn’t they?
 
At least Libya turned out well, though.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Obama blew up the Middle East.

/Whadda guy.

Key West Reader on July 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

And just think, his high school guidance counselor thought he’d never amount to anything.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM

“Leading from behind…”

Drained Brain on July 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

That has to be one of the stupidest “mottos” or whatever you call it that the filthy bastards administration has ever come up with. By the end of this debacle their “motto” will be “cowering in a corner”.

VegasRick on July 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Dog Eater has already told the jihadis to not do stupid shiite, what more do you expect of him; effin homophobes.

Bishop on July 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Dog Eater has already told the jihadis to not do stupid shiite, what more do you expect of him; effin homophobes.

Bishop on July 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Is that not do stupid shiite or stupid sunnite?

At this point, what difference does it make?

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Dog Eater has already told the jihadis to not do stupid shiite, what more do you expect of him; effin homophobes.

Bishop on July 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

And he said the world has never been calmer, so we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.

VegasRick on July 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

All this will be solved the moment Obama makes a speech…

mnjg on July 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Should have left Qaddafi in power.

abobo on July 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Around 1000 AD or so the muzzies had not one, not two, but three “caliphates” claiming to run all islam. The Umayyids in Spain and western North Africa, the Fatimids in Egypt, and the Abassids in what would now be Iraq.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

In 2008, North America got the StupIDS Caliphate.

Bishop on July 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM

The Europeans depend very much on this crude oil for their refineries. I am sure that they can handle the entire situation.

SC.Charlie on July 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Around 1000 AD or so the muzzies had not one, not two, but three “caliphates” claiming to run all islam. The Umayyids in Spain and western North Africa, the Fatimids in Egypt, and the Abassids in what would now be Iraq.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

So which one is Obama pulling for now?

docflash on July 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

So which one is Obama pulling for now?
docflash on July 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The Obamayid.

Akzed on July 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Wait your turn Libya.

And to think this could have been avoided if we didn’t listen to John McCain. Again.

coolrepublica on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

President John McCain? Who knew… I was not aware of this… I thought that someone called Barack Hussein Obama has been President since January 20 2009… My mistake…

mnjg on July 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

In 2008, North America got the StupIDS Caliphate.

Bishop on July 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Alternative spelling – ObamIDS…………….

VegasRick on July 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM

So which one is Obama pulling for now?

docflash on July 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The one that replaces allah with Obama of course.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

All this will be solved the moment Obama makes a speech…- mnjg on July 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

He hasn’t turned his TV to Fox News yet. Or, is it that he is one the golf course today? No, no, he is planning for a fundraiser tonight.

SC.Charlie on July 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Shouldn’t have gone in there in the first place, we sure better not again. Every time we take down a dictator and help sponsor elections, Arabs keep choosing extremist Islamic groups to represent them, even in ‘moderate’ countries like Egypt. Sooner or later we’re going to have to take the hint – they like their countries that way. Certainly not everyone, but a majority. Why should we help an Islamic government come into being?

sandbun on July 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM

So which one is Obama pulling for now?
docflash on July 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The Obamayid.

Akzed on July 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

That one is in DC and various blue states.

But due to union rules they only turn towards DC to say their Heil Obamas between 9AM and 5PM, never on weekends, holidays, or vacay days.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Don’t worry anyone, the democrats are taking up the Hobby Lobby affair so rest assure we’ll be safe.

b1jetmech on July 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Shouldn’t have gone in there in the first place, we sure better not again. Every time we take down a dictator and help sponsor elections, Arabs keep choosing extremist Islamic groups to represent them, even in ‘moderate’ countries like Egypt. Sooner or later we’re going to have to take the hint – they like their countries that way. Certainly not everyone, but a majority. Why should we help an Islamic government come into being?

sandbun on July 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Democracy will never work with a majority (or significant minority) muslim population. The optimum is a West friendly dictator that is not afraid to violently keep islam in check.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM

No, no, he is planning for a fundraiser tonight.

SC.Charlie on July 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM

And that is where every ill under the sun will be resolved… through an Obama fundraiser speech where he lies about his achievements, lies about his goals, lies about Republicans, raise straw men arguments, mock the Republicans, and gets applauded by his stupid followers… Then the world will be a much better place…

mnjg on July 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Sometimes it’s best to leave the “dictator” in charge….

b1jetmech on July 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Don’t worry anyone, the democrats are taking up the Hobby Lobby affair so rest assure we’ll be safe.

b1jetmech on July 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Have the Redskins changed their name yet?

VegasRick on July 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Sometimes it’s best to leave the “dictator” in charge….

b1jetmech on July 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

That is what Obama is hoping for in DC.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary
Susan, Susan, Susan
obama, obama, obama!

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

At least GM is alive.

/s

bigmacdaddy on July 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

“In Libya, the death of Muammar Gaddafi showed that our role in protecting the Libyan people, and helping them break free from a tyrant, was the right thing to do,” the president said.

Funny that. Wasn’t it the libtards who were shrieking 2003-2008 that removing a tyrant from office would create a power vacuum that would be filled with terrorist groups and would only bring more instability to the region?

Yet since 2009 we’ve actively backed the removal or attempted to remove tyrants from power in Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Sudan…

I wonder what changed?

HumpBot Salvation on July 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The only way Libya would be worth owning would be if you could kill everyone living there (ALL sides) and just pump the oil with foreign workers.

Maybe the Chinese would be up to it, or Egypt. They could both use the oil.

Tom Servo on July 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Now Libyan government, collapsing amid Islamist attacks, calling for international intervention

OK, we will help, but everyone in your country needs to convert form Islam.

Oil Can on July 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I can’t look into people’s hearts, look into people’s minds, but it seems to me that this president has been treated differently than others… There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

More of Hillary’s accomplishments as SOS come to fruition.

jake49 on July 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

At least GM is alive.

/s

bigmacdaddy on July 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

For how long, given that they have recalled practically every vehicle they’ve built in the last 10 years, and we’ve not even had the inevitable class action judgement against them yet for all the death traps they’ve had on the road in those 10 years?

GM will be bankrupt again before Jugears has his pen and phone forcefully taken away in 2017.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I can’t look into people’s hearts, look into people’s minds, but it seems to me that this president has been treated differently than others… There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Treated differently indeed. – from another post-

“Affirmative Action” allows some people to be held less accountable than others. So I guess what withholder is saying is that because he’s black and the lazy, filthy bastard obaME! is black is that it’s racist to point out that they are incompetent. Got it!

VegasRick on July 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Remember now, Global Warming is the Greatest Threat to humankind!!!!!!!!!

SC.Charlie on July 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Remember now, Global Warming is the Greatest Threat to humankind!!!!!!!!!

SC.Charlie on July 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I thought it was the Tea Party…that’s what keeps Eric Holder up at night.

HumpBot Salvation on July 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Like your friend Colin Powell said, you break it you buy it. It’s all yours, Obama.

PattyJ on July 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Well, at least Obama and Hillary can say they actually DID build that…

DublOh7 on July 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The Arab Spring has become the Arab Summer, thanks to Obama’s incompetence, inaction and complacency.

But at the end of the day, the American people who voted Obama into office are to blame for all his errors. When you hire an incompetent executive to lead your organization, you are the one to blame, when the decisions made by the one you hired lead to disaster.

s1im on July 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

But at the end of the day, the American people who voted Obama into office are to blame for all his errors. When you hire an incompetent executive to lead your organization, you are the one to blame, when the decisions made by the one you hired lead to disaster.

s1im on July 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The American People are to blame both for Obama, and a century-plus of voting for politicians who have so weakened the protections in our system that it’s POSSIBLE for a President to be so damaging to both our country and the world. Presidents aren’t supposed to have that kind of power. Neither is Congress.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM

For how long, given that they have recalled practically every vehicle they’ve built in the last 10 years, and we’ve not even had the inevitable class action judgement against them yet for all the death traps they’ve had on the road in those 10 years?

GM will be bankrupt again before Jugears has his pen and phone forcefully taken away in 2017.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

That “/s” was me turning my sarcasm to the off position.

Yeah…the only GM vehicles I see on the roads these days have US Govt plates.

bigmacdaddy on July 15, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I thought it was the Tea Party…that’s what keeps Eric Holder up at night.

HumpBot Salvation on July 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

That and letting people have freedom.

Oil Can on July 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I can’t look into people’s hearts, look into people’s minds, but it seems to me that this president has been treated differently than others… There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

The overriding reason Obama has not been impeached for his lawless actions, is because he is black, and there is a bias against taking action against him because of his race.

So yes:

There’s a certain racial component to this…

- but the fact of the matter is that the President is benefiting from the ‘racial component’ on many levels.

Blaming racism for all this is a foolish argument. It completely fails to address the blacks who are criticizing him for the same things that everyone else is criticizing him. Unless you want to claim they are ‘not really black’ if they criticize the President. Which would seem to be sorta racist, though I admit I can’t look into people’s hearts, look into their minds…

s1im on July 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM

…time for another ‘red line’!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 15, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Obama ♥ the Muslim Brotherhood.

albill on July 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM

The formation of a strong, united radical-Muslim Pan-Arab state in the Middle East and a deteriorating western culture in Europe and the United States is all going according to plan. God’s plan.

HiJack on July 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM

They are asking the people questions that most people aren’t qualified to answer and they know they aren’t qualified to answer so they will almost always say “no” as the default response.

Buddahpundit on July 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Given the outcomes of the foreign policy initiatives taken by this administration, would you think the Secretary of State that lead them would be leading in the polls to be the next president? I guess that shows how little foreign policy counts for in domestic politics even though in theory that is more clearly the job of the president than is health care, climate change, energy sourcing or a half dozen other issues that seem to get a lot more attention.

KW64 on July 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

time for another ‘red line’!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 15, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Was that “Red Lines” or “Reds Lyin”?

KW64 on July 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Libyans are obviously RACIST! They have no gratitude for what the Obamassiah has wrought.

GarandFan on July 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

You’ve largely abdicated Hillary for any responsibility in Libya, Noah. That was not simply the president’s misadventure in foreign policy. Libya embodies the Obama-Clinton strategy.

I also have no love loss for Gaddafi. He was a murdering, terrorist tyrant. But we were working with him and then allowed him to be murdered. That’s apparently justice and justified when Obama says so. Personally, I would have rather seen him swing from a rope and kept some semblance of credibility.

Marcus Traianus on July 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM

And to think this could have been avoided if we didn’t listen to John McCain. Again.

coolrepublica on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

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I, too, am so sorry that we elected President McCain and his goofy daughter to lead our nation…
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ExpressoBold on July 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I thought it was the Tea Party…that’s what keeps Eric Holder up at night.

HumpBot Salvation on July 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

That and letting people have freedom.

Oil Can on July 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM

But mostly his hemorrhoids.

slickwillie2001 on July 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Smart Power™!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Once again this a great example of what happens when we attempt a fusion of a democratic form of government and Islam. If the government has an election the Islamist will be in power. The people wanting a military run government are the secularist (aka the people who are against stoning women for being raped, etc.).

You can’t just jump head long into a constitutional republic with fully functioning democratic institutions. There has to be some intermediate phase (a long one at that), like an Oligarchy, which a military run government would be like.

Remember our form of government did not just come out of the blue due to the founding fathers. It had hundreds of years of British (English and Scottish) government reforms that loosened the power of the king going all the way back to Magna Carta. True it was not freedom as we would understand it, but it was a phase that needed to be gone through to achieve more freedom.

You add to this the element of Islam, with its own fully form style of government, then it maybe impossible to get the kind of government like ours or any other so called Democracy. A secular military run government maybe the best we can hope for…ever…in the Islamic world.

William Eaton on July 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

in both Libya and Egypt the White Wouse should have have been guided by the old adage:

IF IT AIN’T BROKE , DON’T FIX IT.

MaiDee on July 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Once again this a great example of what happens when we attempt a fusion of a democratic form of government and Islam. If the government has an election the Islamist will be in power. The people wanting a military run government are the secularist (aka the people who are against stoning women for being raped, etc.).

You can’t just jump head long into a constitutional republic with fully functioning democratic institutions. There has to be some intermediate phase (a long one at that), like an Oligarchy, which a military run government would be like.

Remember our form of government did not just come out of the blue due to the founding fathers. It had hundreds of years of British (English and Scottish) government reforms that loosened the power of the king going all the way back to Magna Carta. True it was not freedom as we would understand it, but it was a phase that needed to be gone through to achieve more freedom.

You add to this the element of Islam, with its own fully form style of government, then it maybe impossible to get the kind of government like ours or any other so called Democracy. A secular military run government maybe the best we can hope for…ever…in the Islamic world.

William Eaton on July 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

The Turks have done a pretty good job since the 1920s of maintaining a secular government despite a 98% Islamic population. Of course, it took a ruthless and visionary founder whose first step was to cut the youth off from Islamic teachings. There were a couple of military interventions along the way when the government started to stray. The current government is leaning toward an Islamic takeover. This time the military may not be strong enough to prevent it, but the urban population has little use for traditional Islam and no tolerance for shariyah law.

Kritikal on July 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Man oh man….when Barry see’s this on his twitter feed, is he ever gonna be mad.

BobMbx on July 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM

But, but, but…the Nobel Peace Prize!

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

HIllary ate the excrement sandwich and took the position at State to show the upper-class white liberals who abandoned her for Obama that she was in fact anti-war and could be trusted to handle international affairs. And look what a difference she made!

alchemist19 on July 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Shame on Hillary/Obama

“We came, we saw, we killed, bwahahahaha!”

And from that occasion, the US Air Force journal: “Syria Is Not Libya”
by Tirpak, April following the US as NATO bombing of Libya.

maverick muse on July 15, 2014 at 4:37 PM

“In Libya, the death of Muammar Gaddafi showed that our role in protecting the Libyan people, and helping them break free from a tyrant, was the right thing to do,” the president said.

I remember that guy. He was the one that gave up his WMD/nuclear programs and allowed full access after we invaded Iraq, wasn’t he?

Libya has said it will give up its programmes for developing weapons of mass destruction and allow unconditional inspections.

President Muammar Gaddafi said that, after months of negotiations with the West, his country was ready to play its role in building a world free from all forms of terrorism,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/3335965.stm

But yeah, I guess Syria and Russia were out for a quick and easy pre-election foreign policy “win” since they could both probably fight back, couldn’t they?

At least Libya turned out well, though.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I’m sure nobody in that part of the world noticed that Khaddafi was a terrorist-supporting enemy of the US for years, and that not long after deciding to make peace with the US, he was thrown out of power with US help.

They don’t pay attention to that stuff, do they?

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I’m sure nobody in that part of the world noticed that Khaddafi was a terrorist-supporting enemy of the US for years, and that not long after deciding to make peace with the US, he was thrown out of power with US help.

They don’t pay attention to that stuff, do they?

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

The PTB always have to have at least one Bogey Man out there somewhere to justify their existence, their spending/stealing, and to provide some measure of cover for whatever it is they’re up to (“national security”). Eastasia, Eurasia, Goldstein…

And if these Bogey Men don’t exist, the PTB will create them.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 15, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Haven’t heard much from McLame or grahamemsty ….how refreshing

cthemfly on July 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM